Fish from Hell (Part II)
Ken Smith reports: Essentially, this "film" is just murky stock footage of men on a fishing trawler. What transforms it into an epic tale of Man vs. The Sea is an amazing narration by somebody named Wilfred Lucas. Mr. Lucas pulls no punches; in this violent world, decent men kill every fish they meet. But that's okay, because -- as Mr. Lucas explains -- fish are evil and deserve to die. A manta ray gets a harpoon in its skull because it's a "devil fish," and a "terror of the deep." An octopus barely escapes with its life, even though it's a "slimy, death-dealing monster" and a "black-hearted scoundrel." Even porpoises are slandered, being derisively referred to as "clowns" and "good for lubricating oil." As if this weren't enough, a whole section of this film is devoted to a battle between a whale and a swordfish, which is the whale's "greatest enemy" (something many ichthyologists would be interested to learn). As the camera cuts rapidly between stock shots of a leaping swordfish and completely different footage of a sleeping whale, Mr. Lucas tells us that "no one has ever been lucky enough to photograph a scene like this before." Truly a triumph of style over content; great fun to watch. Look for the cameo by Wumpy the parrot.
extremely theatrical narration of action;
P.O.V. bow of boat cutting through water
Commercial tuna boat with fisherman hauling in dozens and dozens. Game fishermen catching tuna with rods and reels.
ship's lookout on mast; CU reel;
man hooks tuna; shark attempts to get tuna; man shoots at shark with a handgun; tuna is landed, has an enormous shark bite taken out of him;
man hooks shark on line; shark fights back ferociously; shark is landed; shark's mouth is opened to display teeth;
man climbs ship's rigging;
manta ray is landed
harpooner spears giant manta; manta drags boat along behind him; boat capsizes;
storm at sea; diver in diving suit;
hammerhead shark is caught (and shot at)
"No good for food, they make good leather and the finest lubricating oil used for watches and clocks."
"Can't afford to miss a chance to photograph one of these elephant-spiders of the ocean floor." "Merciful powers, what's this eerie shape.? There it is! Look out, octopus! The crawling irresistible slimy death-dealing monster of the sea floor."
"Watch how quickly the fish our boys throw down is enclosed in that living sepulcher."
whale and swordfish have fight; whale is harpooned;
commercial whaler shoots a harpoon gun (looks like artillery)
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- ca. 1945
- Run time
Subject: Bravo Bagelbutt
Give dem fishies hell, guys !!!
Subject: Best fish story ever!!!
Subject: Best movie I've ever seen
Subject: The Inhumanity of Man
Bringing us up to the twenty-first century, we love all animals, including those living in the water, much more than we used to, but much of that is simply because we hate to see them disappear through overfishing and human greed for profit. We seem to have moved some that hatred over to the human race, where we continue war after war, even if many of these wars are not "declared" wars. Of course, we still find Japan and a few others making war on the whales, but perhaps public reaction will eventually have some effect there. I would be pleased to find this movie quietly removed from circulation, or otherwise circulated without the sound track and the absurd narrative that distorts the reality of what is actually happening.
Subject: Hazardous Material
But I get sick whenever killing is sold as sport.
To underline this, the movie could be very helpful, serving as a bad example - but only if it is presented with the right introduction.
Something like: "You are about to watch stupidity at it`s finest..." or "Don´t try this on your planet..."
Subject: Painfully politically incorrect.
We start on the boat, where the narrator notices some porpoises following them, "Definitely not food fish!" Thank goodness! "But can be used for a lot of other things, like leather!" Soon, they're fishing for tuna, and a shark joins in for the hunt for tuna. After they catch the tuna, (which attained a major laceration from the shark) the fishermen take out their frustration and get the shark as well (using a gun!), soon they're catching Stingrays (!!), a hammerhead shark (gun usage again) and in it's rather strange ending, we see a battle between a swordfish and a giant whale. Curiously, the fishermen decide "to take the whale out of it's misery' by.. killing the whale! Before you can say, "Well, why not just go for the swordfish?" rest assured that they go and kill that as well. Keep in mind during all of this, the most RIDICULOUS narration is going on, with narrator almost drooling over the fishermen's exploits. Quite a strange film.
Subject: Part II
After going on about deadly, stalking octupi, and the devil fish Swordfish's animosity toward 120 foot, 120 lb whales, we get to hear a great quote.
"There it is, folks! See it? The camera cannot lie..."
No, but the narrator and film editor can;)
Even more entertaing than the first, but still in the 2 star range.
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